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Project overview

Thematic and Regional Focus

This project focuses on three different oversight actors of the security sector. Best practices and lessons learnt from various countries and regions are examined and discussed with the aim to provide SDG16-specific guidance that supports states in implementing SSR in the context of the 2030 Agenda.


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Role of Parliaments 

The first year of the project focuses on parliaments as one of the most prominent oversight bodies of the state and their capacity to hold governments accountable for their commitments to SDG16 and the 2030 Agenda. Parliaments play an instrumental role in creating peaceful and just societies, through their five key functions: legislative, budgetary, oversight, elective and representative, and in their authority, ability and attitude to perform these roles. The regional focus of the project for the first year is Eastern Europe.
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Focus on CSOs
Civil society organizations (CSOs) are an important channel through which citizens can participate in the development of public policies concerning security sector and provide non-governmental oversight. The second year of the project focuses on how CSOs can contribute to linking SSG/R to SDG16 within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.The project focuses on the Middle East and North Africa during the second year.
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Importance of Independent Oversight Institutions
Independent oversight institutions – or ombuds institutions-  are mandated to receive and investigate human rights violations and cases of mismanagement and corruption in the context of the security sector. This role is also recognized in different SDG targets and indicators. In the third year, the project collects good practices and lessons learnt concerning the contributions of ombuds institutions to the achievement of SDG16. The regional focus for the third year is Sub-Saharan Africa.

Key Resources

Outputs of the Project:

High-Level Events

Multiple high-level policy events are organized each year to familiarize and influence policy makers with oversight bodies’ integral role within the 2030 Agenda, to sensitize oversight bodies with their role in the Agenda, and to contribute to the policy discourse.

National and Regional Workshops

The project also organizes annual workshops to put the research and policy discussions into practice.
  • National Workshop – together with national actors, DCAF will facilitate multi-stakeholder workshops on a national level to provide detailed guidance for that state to develop their own tailored approach towards achieving SDG16
  • Regional Workshop – scaling up the lessons and good practices learned from the national workshops, DCAF will facilitate regional workshops to provide guidance to states in that region on their role in how they can more effectively implement and achieve SDG16

Research Products

This project also creates various knowledge products to situate SSG/R in the context of the SDG16 and the 2030 Agenda:
  • Research papers on SSR framing the role of SSG/R in relation to the 2030 Agenda and one of the respective oversight bodies
  • Voluntary National Review (VNR) mapping studies which aims at reviewing all VNRs with a focus on the extent SSG/R and oversight bodies feature within VNRs, and to identify good practices.
  • Country case studies providing in-depth analysis of noteworthy oversight bodies.
  • Handbooks for each respective year compiling all resources, lessons learned, conclusions and recommendations generated throughout the year’s research, policy events and workshops into one comprehensive source
  • Backgrounders summarizing the key lessons learned and results of the project into a concise overview